THREE! Three years of reading. Reading board books, picture books, early readers, audiobooks, old favorites and new discoveries. I just peeked back at a couple “what we’ve read so far” posts from about a year ago (22.5 months | 2 years, 1 month) and plenty of those books are still in rotation.
We are also keeping things fresh with books from the library (daily, weekly) and, lately, a few gifts; I gave her copies of Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, Alligator Cookies by James Young, Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony, and Frog and Toad All Year by Arnold Lobel (the only Frog and Toad book she didn’t already have). We also received Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller from friends. Sophie was an immediate hit, and we found Sophie’s Squash Go to School at the library so basically we are in heaven.
Some of our other recent picture book favorites include:
- The Class by Boni Ashburn: Know a kid starting school for the first time? Put this book in their hands. (Better yet, sit and read it together.) See also: School’s First Day of School and Oliver and His Alligator.
- Hoodwinked by Arthur Howard: I looked up the author because we had his Serious Trouble on our shelf at home (thanks Nana!), and Hoodwinked is perfect for the Halloween season (or really anytime); it reminds me a lot of Miss Brooks Loves Books! (And I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner.
- Grumpy Pants by Claire Messner is the perfect book to pull out when someone is grumpy, and a great illustration of how moods can change. See also: Pom Pom Panda Gets the Grumps and Hooray for Hat!
- Solutions for Cold Feet and other little problems by Carey Sookocheff is simple and sweet and funny; it can also be used to open a discussion about problem-solving. I have not yet gotten tired of re-reading this one and we’ve had it for several weeks now.
- Ellie by Mike Wu features a cute little elephant and her friends banding together to save their zoo. Ellie in Concert is the follow-up. See also: Bonkers! by Cath Jones.
- Princess Bess Gets Dressed by Margery Cuyler: Kids this age like to play dress-up, but what they like even more than putting clothes on is taking them off…this book will resonate.
- Interrupting Chicken and Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise by David Ezra Stein: some of the humor in these is above a three-year-old’s pay grade, but she enjoys them anyway, and her adult readers definitely do.